I’ve finally challenged myself to shed the extra pounds I have packed on since graduating from college in 2012. I’ll be headed to Mexico for a week around Thanksgiving and I want to feel a lot better about how I look by then.

I’m starting by paying a lot more attention to what I’m eating. I’ll also be hitting the gym at least 3 times a week and taking longer walks with Luna regularly. In the past, I’ve made a lot of great plans, but in the end I just wasn’t motivated enough to see them through. This time is going to be different.

From previous experience, I know one of my best motivators is a bit of friendly competition. During my senior year of college, my boyfriend and I both got Fitbits to help us both get into better shape. Even though we weren’t even in the same state, we were able to encourage and push each other by comparing our stats. This and a couple other lifestyle changes helped me lose over 30 pounds!

Now that I’m not walking everywhere like when I was in college, it is harder to burn the necessary calories, which means I need a bit of extra motivation. That’s why I was excited to learn that Luna had the chance to try out a StarWalk, which is kind of like the Fitbit for dogs! Now not only can I compete with my boyfriend, but I can also challenge Luna to being the most active!

Luna models her StarWalk Activity Tracker.

StarWalk is an activity tracker, which easily attaches to your dog’s collar. Unlike many other trackers on the market, there is no monthly fee required to use it! There is just a one time fee of $79.95, which is also more affordable than many other trackers out there. The tracker pairs via Bluetooth with your phone and you can keep tracking of your pet’s activity through a mobile app. Both iPhones and Androids are supported!

This small device can help your pet reach his or her fitness goals. StarWalk keeps track of total steps, calories burned, active time, activity type, distance traveled, and temperature. All of this information is very helpful if you are trying to help your pet lose weight and stay healthy. You can adjust how much food and treats your dog is eating based on what he or she is regularly burning.

Luna models her StarWalk Activity Tracker.

You can also adjust your dog’s active time by increasing the length or frequency of your activity. StarWalk tries to help motivate you to keep your dog active by flashing a light when there have been long periods of inactivity. You can also easily see how close your dog is to reaching his or her activity goal with a push of a button on the device. Progress is displayed in 20% increments.

My favorite part of the StarWalk is the night light feature, which helps with visibility during late night walks. The night light flashes in a custom color of your choice. You can turn on the light either through the physical device or through the mobile app. The last time I was out on a walk with Luna and using the night light, a man who walked by told me that he thought the light was “so cool!”

StarWalk is super easy to attach and is small enough even for dogs Luna’s size (about 23 lbs) to wear. It’s even waterproof!

Luna models her StarWalk Activity Tracker.

My only complaint is that the battery doesn’t last as long as I would like (only a few days), but it does charge easily with a mini USB cord. The StarWalk does also flash a red light when the battery is running low, so you know when to charge it.

Now here’s to hoping Luna stays active and I shed a few extra pounds!

How do you make sure your dog gets enough activity?

Disclaimer: iQ Pet provided a StarWalk free to review. I received no compensation or additional benefits for mentioning the products in this post. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own and are uninfluenced by any other person or business. Beagles & Bargains does not use shock collars and supports force-free training tools.

Jessica Shipman
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